FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Ridgefield Welcomes a New Community Development Director
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Kay Kammer, City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, December 21, 2006 Ė The City of Ridgefield, Washington is pleased to welcome Kent Anderson, AICP, to our team.
Kent has accepted the position of Community Development Director and will begin work on January 4, 2007. Kent has served as the Community Development Director for the City of Kelso, Washington for the past seven years. During his eighteen years of community planning experience, Kent has served a number of public entities including the City of Sumner, Washington, the City of Orting, Washington, Jefferson County, Washington, as well as Humboldt County and the City of Winnemucca in Nevada. While in Nevada, Kent was recognized for development of comprehensive growth plans for local communities through receipt of the American Planning Associationís "2000 Best of the AICP/ACSP Collaborative Projects Symposium Award" and the "Outstanding Small Town and Rural Planning Project" award.
His past experience includes owning and operating Sound Planning Corporation, where he served as a consultant to numerous public and private entities for projects such as Growth Management Act (GMA) compliance, long range planning, parks planning, establishment of a permit center and feasibility studies. Kent holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
As the Community Development Director, Kent will replace Kevin Snyder who left the City in July to pursue a career in the private sector. Kent will manage and direct the Community Development Department, provide plan review services, and develop and implement department programs, processes and priorities. Additionally, Kent will generate original work product for all phases of growth management, zoning administration, permitting, land use development management and production.
Justin Clary, Interim City Manager, said "The City of Ridgefield has led Clark County in population growth rate each of the past two years. With this rapid growth, proper community planning is critical to ensure that what is built today is a long-term asset to our City into the future. Kent Andersonís experience will enhance our ability to properly address and facilitate new development."
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 24,700 persons with an employment base of over 15,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications/City Clerk, Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.